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Lecture: Interpreting Language in Islamic Legal Theory

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Lecture Details

Event Date1/1/2014
Event LocationKonya, Turkey
Event DescriptionRIS Rihla in Turkey 2014


Event Transcripts


Quotes Made at this Event

Knowledge Triumphant: The Concept of Knowledge in Medieval Islam - "it`s really a fascinating book -- but one of the things he says in there is that the Islamic civilization was a civilization probably more than any other historically that really was centered around knowledge the ideal of knowledge." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
The Open Society - ""The last interview" is worth reading. Censorship is a good thing" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Knowledge Triumphant: The Concept of Knowledge in Medieval Islam - "Inquiring minds should peruse Franz Rosenthal's Knowledge Triumphant, a wonderful study on the centrality of knowledge in the Islamic world. " -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
God and Logic in Islam: The Caliphate of Reason - " A good book to read. It's about the centrality of reason " -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Knowledge Triumphant: The Concept of Knowledge in Medieval Islam - "He couldn't find any civilization in history, like the Islamic civilization, because it put the pursuit of knowledge at the forefront of its existence." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Knowledge Triumphant: The Concept of Knowledge in Medieval Islam - "

Regarding Franz's statement that the Islamic Civilization is the one that takes knowledge the most seriously.

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know - "

You need to be culturally literate in order to become someone who can understand the society we live in

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
God and Logic in Islam: The Caliphate of Reason - "

If you want a really beautiful study of this FACT, I would recommend you read John Walbridge's book, on the Caliphate of Reason, and he shows that Muslims were obsessed with the arts of language

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
God and Logic in Islam: The Caliphate of Reason - "

Logic is a maligned subject in modern Islam, and if you read John Walbridge's book, you will understand how central, logic was to Islamic civilization; Absolutely central.  It was studied in all of the universities of Islam.  It’s a great tragedy that it's no longer studied.

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Reign of Quantity - Note: Wonderful book
The Open Society - Note: In his last interview, he said he was wrong, we have to censor violent media
The Open Society - Note: Not recommended, SHY quoted from it, and it was used as a proof for censorship
The Open Society - Note:

On censorship, and how you need to have censorship

Reign of Quantity - Note:

How modern day focuses on quantity not quality

Knowledge Triumphant: The Concept of Knowledge in Medieval Islam - "

As far as he could tell, he could find no other other civilization, whose entire reason for existence was for the pursuit of, the development of, and the transmission of knowledge

" -Shaikh Hamza Quoting from the book